We must give praise to The Aloha State for one of NYC's biggest food trends of 2016: poke. The Hawaiian dish has proven unstoppable this year, with new fast casual options seeming to open weekly and expanding (the Pokéworks chainlet has two additional locations opening next year). In soft open mode for the better part of the month, Maui Onion is one of the most recent to open, with the grand debut set for Wednesday night in NoMad.
Like its forebears, Maui Onion's offering 12 "signature poke combinations," but with the addition of another, more seasoned trend: fresh juice. After the holiday carb onslaught, a cactus/pear/pineapple juice and a bowl of raw fish might be just what we're craving.
Non-liquid options can be conveyed to your belly in bowl, "burrito," hand roll or salad form in (mostly) raw fish-based combinations like Spicy Tuna with scallion, hijiki, onion, cucumber and pickled ginger or fresh salmon with pomegranate, scallion, onion, cucumber and pickled ginger in a yuzu shoyu sauce. There are also tofu and chicken options, in addition to cooked seafood preparations including cocktail shrimp and octopus.
35 West 26th Street; mauionion.com (website will go live November 23rd)
Maui Onion Menu by Nell Casey on Scribd